Drone Feminism [...]

> Silicon Valley tech feminism, in relation to the larger anti-violence movement, is connected with these same major military and weapons manufacturers. We are looking at a new frontier of the state, technology industry, military, and police intersecting and using feminism as a conduit to further the prison and military apparatuses. Lean In, which has dominated a f...

 

Technological Imperialism [...]

Dan Romero on Twitter: "Proprietary mapping" is, I suppose, one way to describe imperialism. It reduces imperialism to a technology and divorces it from politics, ethics, ideology. How are these new "proprietary maps" dividing up the globe today? What is the role of the nation-state and what is the role of the multinational corporation in 21st century technological i...

 

Big Data and OxyContin [...]

Purdue Pharma, authors of the current opiate and heroin epidemic in the U.S., created the problem by ignoring the "why" behind the numbers: [caption id="attachment_1511" align="alignright" width="300"] (source)[/caption] > Boots on the ground was not the only stratagem employed by Purdue to increase sales for OxyContin. Long before the rise of big data, Purdue was ...

 

“Broken Windows” Policing [...]

Marking the resignation of NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: > Throughout his career, Bratton has advocated for so-called “broken windows” policing, in which police crack down on minor crimes, such as riding a bike on the sidewalk, or dodging subway fees. The theory is that keeping neighborhoods orderly serves to deter more serious crime from taking root. C...

 

Weaponized Transparency and the Blockchain [...]

> We need to look right now at some of the problems inherent to the notion of a “permanent, censorship-resistant” Internet. Even in the Internet we have right now, which is designed to be mutable, the distribution of abusive material online disproportionately affects women, particularly Black women, and other marginalized demographic groups, sometimes to the po...

 

Freire and Papert on the Future of School [...]

Video of their discussion on "the future of school" via YouTube. The transcript is also available on Papert.org. An excerpt: Paulo Freire: His speech is profoundly stimulating and, hence, challenging. First I'd like to make a sort of list of themes the generative themes, closely related to my own terminology that I have heard in his speech. For example, the "histori...